HoopsHype Jerry West rumors

October 21, 2014 Updates

Roland Lazenby: As Jerry West told me, the Lakers are a franchise to print money. Right now Jim Buss is just printing 20s. Imagine if he had a team. Twitter @lazenby

October 2, 2014 Updates

Jerry West on Shaun Livingston: “Honestly, I think we got one of the best offseason acquisitions there was in Shaun Livingston. He’s a terrific player. He’s going to play all over the place, he can defend, he has an incredible mind to play the game. He’s still young. People say he doesn’t shoot the ball well, but he shot better than 80 percent from the free-throw line. … They started winning in Brooklyn when they started playing him last year. We really think he’s going to be a tremendous addition for us. … I saw USA Today said we have the best backcourt, and I truly believe that. I think we’ve really enhanced it by bringing (Livingston) on board. … I’ve had two or three people call me personally and say they wanted him. … He’s our best playmaker. When you watch him, he’s pretty to watch. He’s such a great ball-handler, with his size, he will help everyone.” San Francisco Chronicle

On West’s contract extension: “I’m flattered that our management thinks I can contribute something. I love basketball, and I’m still really competitive – even though I’m older. I would never do something like this unless I still felt the same passion. Working with the younger staff here, sometimes they get a little nervous about doing things, but I encourage them to be aggressive. I’ve always felt that the best risk-takers to do the best. We’ve got a terrific young staff here, and the future is really bright here. This team should be improved.” San Francisco Chronicle

September 11, 2014 Updates

Warriors executive board member Jerry West has agreed to a two-year extension with the team through the 2016-2017 season, an NBA source confirmed to this newspaper on Wednesday. West had one year remaining on his original deal with the team and this new deal will be tacked on, for a total of a three-year commitment from this point. San Jose Mercury-News

September 10, 2014 Updates

Warriors executive board member Jerry West has agreed to a two-year extension with the team through the 2016-2017 season, an NBA source confirmed to this newspaper on Wednesday. West had one year remaining on his original deal with the team and this new deal will be tacked on, for a total of a three-year commitment from this point. This move, coupled with the new deal for general manager Bob Myers through the 2017-20178 season, puts a bow on co-owner Joe Lacob’s desire to keep his front office together for the long-term as the team gets set to move into a San Francisco arena by 2018. San Jose Mercury-News

July 29, 2014 Updates
July 16, 2014 Updates

The NBA Hall of Famer was out in Beverly Hills yesterday when we asked if he were in Kobe's shoes ... would he stay in L.A. or demand a trade to a better squad so he could end his career with a shot at competing for a title. And that's when Jerry dropped his truth bomb -- saying Kobe probably won't win another championship during his NBA career. TMZ.com

June 21, 2014 Updates
June 17, 2014 Updates

Speaking today with Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio, Jerry West: “I’ve never seen a better coach than Gregg Popovich. He does less than more. But having said that, when he gets less, he develops it into something really good. They have a great development program down there. For a coach coming into this league, if they don’t hire people who are really competent, to take these young kids who haven’t made it somewhere but have talent and build a system they can prosper in, but more importantly to get these kids shoot the ball. When they got Kawhi Leonard, he was not a shooter. It tells you the significance of what they’ve done internally to improve their team.” San Antonio Express-News

June 13, 2014 Updates
May 31, 2014 Updates

NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West tells TMZ Sports ... he doesn't get a single cent in residuals for being featured on the official NBA logo ... and you can tell by his tone, he's not happy about it. West was leaving a birthday dinner at Madeo in Beverly Hills this week -- when we asked him about the perks of having one of the most famous silhouettes in all of sports. But the question seemed to strike a nerve with the NBA legend ... who told us the situation with the logo is "complicated" ... and not in a good way. TMZ.com

May 22, 2014 Updates
May 17, 2014 Updates

Jerry West has been busy at the NBA draft combine in Chicago the last few days -- he wasn't in Oklahoma City for the meeting Monday night that convinced Steve Kerr to join the Warriors. But when I reached West on Thursday, he was clearly satisfied with the way the Warriors' coaching search turned out and how it fits into co-owner Joe Lacob's big-picture plan. "All of us are pleased by this hire," West said of Kerr. "He's someone who has a long history with successful teams. We're just hopeful that he can have the same kind of success here as a coach that he had as a player. "Being on championship teams, learning from some of the best coaches in this game, his experience as a general manager . . . all of these factors will help him in this job. San Jose Mercury-News

May 15, 2014 Updates

In the wake of Phil Jackson’s first setback as president, getting spurned by Steve Kerr, Warriors consultant/minority owner Jerry West said it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Zen Master to do what he does best — coach the Knicks himself. “I think his greatest value would be down there on the bench, to be honest with you, because he’s had so much success and this is going to be a particularly difficult challenge [for the front office] because they are faced with challenges back there,’’ West told The Post at the Chicago draft combine. “The first thing he has to do is find a coach he’ll be satisfied with unless he decides to do it. At this point of his life, his health issues, which he keeps pretty private, it might not be something he wants to do.’’ New York Post

May 14, 2014 Updates
May 11, 2014 Updates

Lacob bought the right to meddle. Anyone who believes an owner should sign the checks and shut up lives in a fantasy world. Why would anyone spend that kind of money if he wasn't going to be involved? The key to Lacob's success will lie in trusting his basketball people. He has three gems in Rick Welts, Jerry West and Bob Myers. And in this case, Lacob listened to all three. San Francisco Chronicle

May 6, 2014 Updates
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